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Federalism and the Prevention of Abuse of Power in the US Federal Government
Fourth graders stud Federalism and identify examples of abuse of power.
Inside Straight: the Third Branch
Learners use the worksheet as they view the film Inside Straight: the Third Branch. Multiple case studies and the history of the judicial branch of the US government are included via hyperlink and act as the topics of discussion throughout the lesson. Note: The video is not included but is available online.
War Reporting: The Military, the Media, and the First Amendment
There is a delicate balance between protecting the freedom of the press while maintaining military security during wartime. Here, history or government pupils explore this complex issue through whole group discussion, small group work, and individual written reflection. The primary activity is in groups and involves reading and discussing four realistic wartime scenarios that raise questions about freedom of the press. Worth checking out; however, take note of the mechanical errors.
Bringing Up Baby
Students explore why a government might want to influence its citizens with regards to decreasing or increasing the birthrate. They draft laws and write analytical essays.
The Reunification of Germany
Students explore the process Germany went through to reunify. In this World History lesson, students complete numerous activities, including research, map and graph data and analyzing documents, to develop an understanding of the Reunification of Germany.
Gun Control and Terrorism: Laws or Loopholes?
Students examine the Second Amendment of the Constitution. They research and organize key arguments and other fundementals of gun control. They participate in a debate defending the wording of the Second Amendment.
Hitler's Fatal Gamble
Students consider the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. In this comparative politics lesson, students will read a handout describing the major components that comprise totalitarianism and democracy, then they will apply what they have learned to Hitler's choices during WWII. Students will engage in a class discussion, research, and fill in a Venn diagram.
Church and State Separation: The Challenge and the Debate
Students describe the basic elements of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment as it relates to the separation of church and state and freedom of religion.
Architecture for the Masses
Students learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's philosophy of architecture and will relate this philosophy to a discussion of the role of democracy in art and architecture. Students will discuss the types of architecture and new construction in their community.
The Energy Task Force
Students simulate a meeting of the President's energy task force in order to observe how energy policy may be developed with the input of various groups. Students will form groups with the following roles: lobbyists, members of the government, scientists, and environmentalists.
Advise And Consent Lesson 1: Limits of Power
Students examine the importance of citizens being involved in their community government for the common good. They look at the importance of limiting government and the concepts of philanthropy.
We the People…in the News
Students use the newspaper to explore the world around us, our past and our government. In this civics unit, students complete 40 different lessons in civic education using that day's newspaper to reinforce the concept being taught.
World War II and Propaganda Efforts
Students define propaganda and list the various propaganda techniques used to influence people. They identify propaganda methods used by the American Government to encourage Americans to support the war effort
The Gulf of Maine
Learners examine the effect of limiting factors, especially when it comes to human beings. They examine data from the Gulf of Maine area.
Twelfth graders analyze the ethical and moral decisions made by people during the Holocaust. They role play a situation placing them in an ethical delima. They must make a choice and defend it to their peers. Readings and test materials for this unit are included.
Students examine the role of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. In this Legislative Branch lesson plan, students watch video segments and read excerpts about lobbying. Students write essays that explore the pros and cons of lobbying.
Students analyze the impact of a global economy on the workers, business leaders and governments of China and the United States.
George Washington & Civic Virtue: The Necessary Elements of the Republic
Students examine the character of George Washington. For this George Washington lesson, students read "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior," Washington's First Inaugural Address, and his Farewell Address. Students use the included document analysis table to chart their findings.
Where Do Student Press Rights Start and Stop?
Students are introduced to their First Amendment rights and the limits to their freedom of speech and press in school. They examine the Tinker vs. Des Moines School Supreme Court Case.
Introduction of Restrictions on Freedom of Speech
Students discuss limitations to the Freedom of Speech. A role-play is pre-arranged with the teacher in which a student uses an expletive in the classroom. The whole class discusses this event and how it pertains to citizen rights.